Military Tech News from around the Web – 1/4/11

The Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle, or CERV, is the Army’s newest hybrid vehicle. The CERV has an all-wheel-drive, diesel hybrid-electric power train that, in combination with its lightweight chassis, allows it to reach 80 mph and climb 60 percent grades.

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Army’s WALL-E Robo-Scout Patrols D.C. Confab
This WALL-E-looking creature is the Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle, or SUGV, a cousin of iRobot’s Packbots. When last we checked in on it, the Army was testing the SUGV at Fort Bliss to see if it makes sense for infantry use. Testing continues.

Navy Demos Algae-Fueled Boat
In a move the service says is part of its strategy to float a “Green Fleet” by 2016, the US Navy demoed for media today a boat that runs — in part — on algae.

Navy Sets World Record With Incredible, Sci-Fi Weapon
Rather than relying on a explosion to fire a projectile, the technology uses an electomagnetic current to accelerate a non-explosive bullet at several times the speed of sound. The conductive projectile zips along a set of electrically charged parallel rails and out of the barrel at speeds up to Mach 7.

China’s New Drone Fleet Raising Eyebrows
This year’s models in Zhuhai included several designed to fire missiles, and one powered by a jet engine, meaning it could — in theory — fly faster than the propeller-powered Predator and Reaper drones that the U.S. has used in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

South Korea’s autonomous robot gun turrets: deadly from kilometers away
If there’s one place you don’t want to be caught wandering around right now, it’s the demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea. Especially since South Korean military hardware manufacturer DoDAMM used the recent Korea Robot World 2010 expo to display its new Super aEgis 2, an automated gun turret that can detect and lock onto human targets from kilometers away, day or night and in any weather conditions, and deliver some heavy firepower.

Air Force Kicks Off Search for 6th-Gen Fighter
The Air Force is interested in a plane, dubbed the Next Generation Tactical Aircraft, equipped with: “Enhanced capabilities in areas such as reach, persistence, survivability, net-centricity, situational awareness, human-system integration, and weapons effects, and it must be able to operate in the anti-access/area-denial environment that will exist in the 2030–2050 timeframe.”

Batmobile Inspires Real-World Tank Design
Fighting crime may just get easier, thanks to comic books. In the movies, Batman fights crime with a collection of great gadgets. And one military supply company was recently inspired by those fantastical, comic-book ideas to create some real-world vehicles.

Massive new US spy airship ‘could be used to carry big cargoes’
The huge LEMV* surveillance airships now being built by British designers for the US Army may be able to carry substantial cargoes as an alternative to sky-spy equipment, according to reports.

China Closer to Deploying Anti-Carrier Missile
Known among defense analysts as a “carrier killer,” the Dong Feng 21D missile would be a game-changer in the Asian security environment, where U.S. Navy aircraft carrier battle groups have ruled the waves since the end of World War II.

Israeli Device Lets Paralyzed People Stand, Walk
So he invented an alternative: robotic “pants” that use sensors and motors to allow paralyzed patients to stand, walk and even climb stairs.

Bringing solar power technology to the military
From roll-up solar cells to spray-on technologies, researchers at South Dakota State University are in the midst of a 10-year project meant to provide alternative energy to military operations

China’s J-20 Stealth Fighter takes off
Pictures of China’s answer to the F-22 during flight tests.


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